Sebastian Alappat - Artist & Founder
As early as age 4, Sebastian was drawing. He channeled a lifelong love of art into a career in design. Graduating with a degree in Fine Arts, Prior to Spark, He spent over 14 years as an Art Director & Designer for various companies like Tommy Hilfiger, Armitron, before pursuing time as an Art Director with Silicon Valley startups to time in advertising with Ogilvy. After a long design career of executing multitudes of branding digital projects ranging from logos to websites, the call to make art was too strong to ignore. In 2013, he left his full-time Creative Director job and devote himself fully to art. Flowing from that same core, he is using his newfound talents as an entrepreneur to create SPARK. His patience and connection with children allow him to speak their language. It his intention to teach and inspire the next generation with SPARK for both children AND other artists.
In January of 2016, Alappat became Wee Yogi's certified for Kids yoga and added yoga and meditation as offerings to SPARK's unique curriculum. In November of 2016, he became a certified Mindful Educator under Mission Be, an organization dedicated to bringing mindfulness to children.
Since then Spark continues through the Upper West Side through our unique combination of art, yoga, and meditation for children. In December of 2018, Spark was awarded 2018 & 2019 - Best Art School Winner by the New York Awards.
Lily Zhang - Artist & Teacher
Lily grew up in New York City and has always had a fascination with the vibrancy of the city--its environment, culture, and people. Her interests cultivated into a career that stemmed from advertising and communication design. Aside from her corporate design experience, Lily has always had an enduring love for art and teaching. She has an abundance of experience working with grade school and high school students, helping them foster strong learning skills through patience, flexibility, and compassion. And, of course, a little humor!
Art has always been an integral part of Lily’s life and as of this year, she’s decided to pursue it full time. She joined the SPARK team in September 2018 and couldn’t be more grateful for an opportunity to combine two of her greatest passions. Her experience so far has been nothing short of rewarding, and she very much looks forward to seeing how SPARK grows in the coming year. Lily also loves to travel and play pool.
Teaching at: P.S. 199, Basis Independent, WEB DuBoise
Annie Legnini - Artist & Teacher
Annie Legnini ( is an artist born and raised in the Bronx. She is best known for her mixed media portraits, painting faces in realistic detail and then collaging repurposed objects on the remainder of the portrait to create features like hair, glasses, and clothing. Legnini is the creator of Bronx Faces, a collaborative community art project that pairs the stories & experiences of Bronx natives with a mixed media portrait.
Teaching at: P.S. 452, P.S. 198M, Orchard Academy
Amorette Flores - Yogi & Teacher
I LOVE teaching kids and family yoga! My commitment is to provide yoga to as many humans as possible!I believe that having a yoga practice at a young age will give yogis access to tools and mindfulness that will cause positive transformations throughout their lives and ultimately create change in the world. My passion for yoga has led me to amazing teaching and leadership opportunities over the last five years. I've taught at schools, yoga studios, summer camps, birthday parties and have lead kids yoga programs, trainings, and workshops. I'm extremely grateful to get to do this with my life and to express love through yoga!
Teaching at: Metropolitan Montessori
Melody Gonzalez - Artist & Teacher
Melody Gonzalez is a Dominican visual artist raised in the Bronx. Studied studio art at Lehman College with a focus on photography, drawing, painting, and design. Attended pacific college of oriental medicine to study holistic healing practices. A community organizer who combines her love of art with her love of community.
Teaching at: Success Academy